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This weekend is the UK Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace. It marks the end of the winter for the dinghy sailor in the UK and starts the process of getting your boat back into a usable condition. At the Show every active UK dinghy class association will be displaying the latest and best of their class with top names available to talk you through the tweaks for getting you on the podium this year.

Sail-World will be featuring all the best from the Show throughout the coming week.

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UK Dinghy Sailing Show - Information
The 2006 UK Dinghy Sailing Show will take place at Alexandra Palace, London over the weekend of the 4 and 5 March. This annual season taster brings together over eighty class associations, major clubs and boat builders, plus chandlers and sailmakers - everything you need to get your season off on the right course... [more]

85 crews, 20 nations expected at Star Europeans
By Andreas Kling,
Having kicked off the season with the Rolex Miami OCR Regatta in January, this August the Stars' sails will fill the Bay of Luebeck off Neustadt in Germany during Rolex Baltic Week for their European Championship (6 - 13 August).... [more]

M4 Prototype Foiler at 2006 Dinghy Sailing Show
By SM/Sail-World/GJN,
Designed and developed by Simon Maguire, the M4 Prototype is a new and exciting sailing dinghy that developes the new form of sailing, hydro foil sailing termed ‘foiling’. the M4 Prototype makes its show debut at the 2006 Dinghy Sailing Show, Alexandra Palace, London over the weekend of the 4 and 5 March... [more]

Boatmail- Leg 4, Day 13 - The Horn is behind us!
By Various on Board Boat Scribes,
We have rounded the dreaded Cape Horn at last! The number of sailors that can say they’ve sailed this waters is not that big. Our lives and our careers will always be marked by that. The sacrifice we’ve made in the last days being always wet and sailing in freezing temperatures was worth it. I’m still anxious to see icebergs, but it’s good that we stayed north and warm(er).... [more]

Iceberg alert for Aviva
By Dee Caffari,
The daylight saw a brighter sky, a sun was present but was misleading in its presence, as it contained no warmth as again we continued our plummet southwards again. The incoming secondary low is heading towards me at 49 knots.... [more]

Perini leads Hamilton Island Farr 40 Australians
By Sam Crichton,
Defending Farr 40 Australian Champion and current World Champion Richard Perini currently leads the 2006 Hamilton Island Farr 40 Australian Championship after the first day of racing. Sailing on the Palm Beach Circle off Palm Beach in Sydney’s north, the 13 boat fleet was greeted with a 10 knot Easterly that swung to the south east during the days racing with a two metre swell making the conditions lumpy.... [more]

Ellen MacArthur outlines future plans
By Team Ellen,
Ellen MacArthur outlines her plans for 2007-2009, including a two-boat IMOCA Open 60 Campaign.... [more]

Robertson announces Twins, Sponsor and Team
By Jo Grindley,
Double Olympic gold medal winning yachtswoman, Shirley Robertson today (3 March 2006) announced her two new crew, her title sponsor, her two supporting partners and the news that she is due to give birth in July – to twins.... [more]

Farr Yacht design statement on movistar keel
By Russell Bowler,
It would appear that problems have developed with the fairing around the keel and this caused water to enter the boat at an alarming rate through the wet box surrounding the keel mechanism.... [more]

Of Naked Sailors and Peeping Toms
By Nancy Knudsen,
It was in the newspaper, so it must be right…A yachtie pleaded guilty and was recently put on a good behaviour bond for sailing naked at Kangaroo Point in the Brisbane River in Australia. For those of you who don’t know, the Brisbane River is a fairly narrow river, which is not very suitable for sailing unless you’re a dinghy sailor, and Kangaroo Point is the very middle of the city.... [more]

The Tacktick’ical revolution continues
By Al Constable,
The combination of wireless technology and the increasing use of solar power which started as a racing dinghy tool, now translates into the easiest and most economical installation, minimal maintenance and outstanding reliability for all kinds of boats including cruising yachts and powerboats of all sizes.... [more]

The new Luna Rossa en route to Spain
By Luna Rossa Media,
Today at 3 p.m. Luna Rossa ITA 86 left the boatyard in Nembro (Bergamo, Italy) and started her transfer to Valencia, Spain, where Luna Rossa's configuration will be finalized with the fitting of the mast and appendages. Then the first fine tuning test will take place.... [more]

Entries open for RYA Women's Dinghy Championships
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
The RYA Women's Dinghy Championships, in association with Dinghy Sailing Magazine, is back for 2006! Scheduled to take place on 20-21 May at Hayling Island Sailing Club this year's event is expected to be the bigger, better and more competitive than ever before so dust off your dinghy and get out on the water... [more]

ABN AMRO ONE rounds Cape Horn
By Volvo,
ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) was the first to round Cape Horn at 12:38 GMT, which is also the only scoring gate of leg four, picking up three and a half points. The Black Pearl (Paul Cayard) was the second yacht to pass the famous Cape at 14:40 GMT picking up three points giving them a total 24.5 points... [more]

Crippled Movistar heading for Ushuaia, Argentina
By Volvo,
Movistar has approximately 269 nautical miles to Ushuaia, at the yacht’s current speed their arrival could be as early as 01:00 GMT Saturday morning. The shore team have been in constant contact with them and are making plans for the repair. More news on the situation will surely follow in the next hours... [more]

Storm Force 11 again for Caffari
By Caroline Ayling,
Dee is bracing herself for big winds and huge seas again tonight – the second storm in three days is moving in fast bringing winds of 55 knots, equivalent to Storm Force 11... [more]

Movistar nearly sinks at Cape Horn
By Lizzie Green,
At 0315 GMT today, Bouwe Bekking reported that movistar was taking on water at a high rate and requested that the boats nearest to movistar, Brasil 1 (Torben Grael) and Ericsson Racing Team (Neal McDonald) should standby to offer immediate assistance. “We are sinking. Everybody up,” commanded Bekking as the water poured into the boat around the keel box. “Slow the boat down, the water is coming in very fast, and close the water tight hatches,” was the command.... [more]

Penerai backs Top Classic Yacht Regattas
By Belinda Mayo,
Penerai named as the Platinum Sponsor of the 19th 'Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta' promoted by the Antigua Yacht Club and of the '34th Opera House Cup Regatta' in Nantucket, Massachusetts, promoted by Nantucket Community Sailing. In addition, Penerai will also be, the Regatta's Official Time Keeper at both events... [more]

Inaugural Rolex TP52 Global Championship
By Media Pro,
International yacht racing at its highest, most competitive level comes to Miami for the 2006 Rolex TP52 Global Championship. Set for March 7-12 during Acura Miami Race Week, the inaugural championship welcomes a fleet representing England, Ireland, Hong Kong and the US, abounding with the world’s top sailors from the America’s Cup and Olympics... [more]

Long term planning for Cowes Week
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC), the organisers of the world-famous sailing regatta Skandia Cowes Week, are continually looking ahead to ensure that the racing is the best it can possibly be at the Event and as a result in 2011 and 2012 Cowes Week will be held one week later than usual... [more]

The early bird gets the cheap rate
By Flavia Bateson,
Over 250 entries have now been received for the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2006 and those who want to benefit from the reduced rates for early entries have until 4 March 2006 to get in touch. One of the newest boats on the race course will be Colm Barrington’s Ker 50 Magic Glove, currently under construction in Cape Town... [more]

Date for first test event in Qingdao, China
The ISAF Grade 2 Qingdao 2006 International Regatta, the first of the two test events for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is scheduled to be held from 18-31 August in Qingdao, China, the host city for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition... [more]

New IMS North European IMS Championship
By Event media,
From June 2006 the HSH Nordbank blue championship will be the new and joint IMS ranking list for all Baltic countries, including Norway. The winner of the finals carries the official title of the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) North European IMS Champion 2006... [more]

JPMorgan Asset Management Women's Winter Challenge
By RYA/Myrrh Walker,
Bitterly cold and windy weather met the sailors lining up for the JPMorgan Asset Management Women's Winter Challenge Final over the weekend of the 25-26 February. However the cold conditions did not put a damper on Claire Leroy's determination, who with her team fought her way to the top claiming the winning position and a berth in the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Final (10-12 March)... [more]

Foot in the Door for Henri-Lloyd
By Media Services,
The official opening of the latest Henri-Lloyd 'sailing concept store' will take place in Weymouth - the Olympic sailing venue - on Wednesday 1 March. Henri Lloyd Ambassador Shirley Robertson OBE, double Olympic gold sailing medalist, will be the guest of honour... [more]

Howard misses medal at New Zealand Championship
By Sail-World/GJN,
Briton's Mark Howard finished with a flourish - two race wins - but it was not enough to get him in the medals at the New Zealand Laser Championships - Howard finished fourth overall behind winner Andrew Murdoch of New Zealand... [more]

Olympic Blow-out - too cold to race
This weekend's inaugural RYA Olympic Classes Spring Series event (25-26 February) got off to a disappointing start, with racing abandoned due to the bitterly cold and windy conditions at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]

Mast climb leaves Dee battered and bruised
By Dee Caffari,
We catch up with Dee Caffari feeling battered and bruised, after an unsuccessful mast climb. I was thankful for the consistently strong winds, Aviva was set for them and that meant that I could concentrate on rest and trying to get some sleep as I had only managed a couple of hours in the last couple of days - three reports from Dee as she recovers... [more]

Ripped sails and Chinese Gybes as Volvo head South
By Volvo Media,
The crew onboard ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) have had to deal with the rips in their main sail giving them even more problems. Having fixed a large tear 24 hours ago, other holes are opening up, forcing them to sail with two reefs in, as they battle with the elements... [more]

Like Classic Yachts? So does Dennis Conner…
By Cruising Editor, much so that he had this beautiful 80-year-old Q boat restored. However, when it was finished just last year and looking as you see below, he commented that there were no events in the U.S.A. for classic boats, and took Cotton Blossom II off to the Mediterranean to race her there.... [more]

Perini wins Inner Circle Rum Farr 40 Regatta
By Sam Crichton,
Two days of close one design racing has handed Richard Perini’s Evolution the win for the 2006 Inner Circle Rum Farr 40 Regatta in Sydney. Raced on the Palm Beach Circle off Sydney’s picturesque Palm Beach, 12 boats raced over two days and six races.... [more]

Bell Lawrie Scottish Series
Scotland 26/05/06
Scotland’s premier yacht racing event. Based at Tarbert on Loch Fyne, the Series features a wide range of classes, from IRC racers to local handicap, and one designs from non-spinnaker to sportboat....
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2006 UK Dinghy Sailing Show
Alexandra Palace 04/03/06
Exhibitors are set to include almost all the UK dinghy class associations, major sailing clubs, sailing schools, sailing holiday companies, the RYA, chandlers and boat builders....
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2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Event Management UK in conjunction with the Royal Ocean racing Club...
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2005-2006 Clipper Race
The Clipper 05-06 course starts by following the traditional tea clipper route to Australia via Southern Africa, providing a sleigh ride through the Roaring Forties of the infamous Southern Ocean....
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18 Footers

Australia's own 18 footers are sailing around the world. Here is a collection of recent stories about the fast and exciting 18 footer sailing...
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All the Dinghy, Multihull and small keelboat events, news, racing reports and results....
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